Definition of inferno
: a place or a state that resembles or suggests hell the inferno of war; also : an intense fire : conflagration a raging inferno
Examples of inferno in a Sentence
By the time help arrived, the fire had grown to a raging inferno.
the intense heat of the raging inferno repeatedly drove back the firefighters
Recent Examples of inferno from the Web
Felicity Jones positioned herself as an action-movie powerhouse with projects like A Monster Calls, Inferno, and (of course) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but her next project is a serious departure.
Minutes before the inferno exploded, a dozen strangers rushed to the impossible task of lifting the burning car and freeing the cyclist.
Galecki was not on the property at the time of the Monday inferno, which destroyed his ranch as well as other buildings in San Luis Obispo, located roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on California's Central Coast.
LONDON — Two products made by American manufacturers that played a major role in the deadly inferno in London had been assailed for their fire risks and faced tighter restrictions in the United States.
The inferno killed 79 people and cast a spotlight on conditions faced by some Londoners in apartment tower blocks.
In its most detailed briefing on the criminal investigation, the Metropolitan Police on Friday confirmed residents' suspicions that the June 14 inferno at Grenfell Tower was touched off by a refrigerator fire.
The car slowed, then stopped, the driver frozen before the inferno.
Attack on Muslims at mosque adds to looming security threat Death toll continues to rise from inferno in tower block London, expanding confidently for decades as one of globalization’s great successes, appears unsettled and under siege.
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Origin and Etymology of inferno
Italian, hell, from Late Latin infernus
First Known Use: 1834See Words from the same year
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Definition of inferno for English Language Learners
: a very large and dangerous fire
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